Saturday, November 3, 2012

Morning Prayer Guide - Saturday

Saturday, November 3, 2012
Begin by praying the Collect for Grace and Collect for Purity.

Collect for Grace:
Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us safely to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Collect for Purity:
Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we might perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Read: Psalm 119:1-8, Numbers 9:9-14, and Luke 10:25-37

The young lawyer wanted to justify himself.  He’d done something he was worried would get him in trouble.  Jesus’ story about the good Samaritan may very well have involved this man – either as the victim, or as one of the men who passed by the victim.  We of course have no way of knowing, and Jesus may have just been repeating a story he’d heard.  But his language suggests that this was a real occurrence, and that he knew who all was involved.

We want to justify ourselves as well.  Do I really have to take care of that person?  She’s not really my neighbor, is she?  Yes, that person is your neighbor, and Jesus really does want you to take care of him or her.  To fail to do so would be to fail Jesus.  “Inasmuch as you did it to the least of these my children, you did it to Me.” (Mt. 25:40).

Be a good Samaritan today.  Let your service be your prayer.

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